WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?
Some pro riders spend quite a bit of time
perfecting their nutrition, and many have
found a mix of real and energy foods to be
quite effective. Energy foods deliver quick
nutrients to our bodies in a very effective
package but have some drawbacks. Real
foods might not give riders that massive
burst of energy but will keep riders feeling
energetic more consistently on longer rides.
The only way to know what works for you is
to experiment to see how your body reacts
to various sources of energy on different
kinds of rides.
Stop for a
like the Justin’s
would be pretty
to eat while riding
but are a good
source of energy
before or afterwards. Whether
you want banana
chips and peanut
butter or pretzels
these are a tasty
Quick energy: GU gels are probably the best way to get quick shots of
energy into your system. These gels are 100 calories each, and also have
caffeine to offer an even bigger jolt of energy.
Like gummy bears: Chews are a good middle ground
for quick energy. The ProBar Jolt chews are caffeinated
with yerba maté and have a good amount of electrolytes
to help rehydrate during your ride.
So much meat: If there
was one snack that our
test riders really enjoyed,
it was Duke’s meat sticks.
These salty treats were
good on hot rides and
gave us dense calories to
keep riding. ❏